The Price For Success

I'll never forget the first year of my business. It was downright painful. 

I don't mean listening to my work was painful, although it might have been, but physically, it was painful. 

Every single day, I would get up at 6 am, go to work, come home around 6 pm, pick up the kids, get dinner ready, spend time with them, put them to bed, spend a few moments with my wife, and put her to bed around 10 pm.

After she got in bed, I would go outside and get my super-sized army style duffle bag and drag it into the house, being as quiet as possible, so I didn't wake the kids.

Once I got to the office space, which happened to be on the other side of my little dwelling, out would come the PVC pipes and packing blankets. 

I constructed my PVC pipe Hobo Fort, as I called it, based on a number code marked on each tube so I would remember where it all went. After it was up, I had to move the desk and computer so it would fit together and finally attach the...

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How To Deal With Unruly Customers On Fiverr

There is no doubt; I love Fiverr. It has changed my life and helps me make a six-figure income in voice-over each year. 

But there is another side to Fiverr that gets on my nerves THE UNRULY CUSTOMER.

I was talking to a friend earlier today, and they let me know that a customer had tried to take them on an "I don't need broadcast rights, and I will only pay you $5" ride, and after trying to talk it through with the customer, they became so rude, that she blocked them.

Then, the customer created a new account, and still ordered from her, probably in an attempt to give her a bad review.

This happens on Fiverr often. 

However, the other day, I was working on "Freelancer," and I was taken for a scam with someone from China trying to sell me on a business deal, after claiming they needed a voice-over. 

Unfortunately, this sort of thing is the price we pay for doing business online. There are scammers around the corner, trying to get your money or worse, your personal...

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How To Come Up With A Voice Actor Rate Card

 

So, what exactly is a voice actor rate card anyway? A VO rate card is simply a chart, document, graph, etc. that outlines monetary prices to work with you and to license your work.

Why is it important?

    1. Your business is supposed to make money. Without knowing how much you are charging and what you can expect, you will not be able to grow a profitable enterprise.
    2. Consistency - There needs to be a consistent customer experience so they can trust in your name

How is a rate card formatted (Simple example)

A. Rates determined by length of the script:

  1. 5 words (2 seconds)
  2. 50 words (20 seconds)
  3. 500 words (3 minutes)
  4. 5000 words (33 minutes)
  5. 50,000 words (5.5 hours)

B. Broadcast Rates and Sizes Online

  1. 10,000 people
  2. 100,000 people
  3. 1M people
  4. 10M people
  5. 100M people

How do you price your rate card?

3 ways to do it:

    1. Industry Standards: GVAA is a great place to start your search
    2. What are your operating costs
    3. What are the trending rates on the platform you are on?

Do you post it?

  1. Do you...
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Plan For Voice Over Success In 2020

 

As you are thinking about your voice over business in 2020, I want to put something in your mind ...

I believe that planning for the future can have such a massive impact on your business that if you’re not planning for success, meaning that you’re not taking it seriously to plan out each day to get to where you want to go, you’re going to lose out in 2020.

I’ve always had issues with planning and working with to-do lists. They can be taxing, and it’s often hard to narrow down the exact things that you need to accomplish.

In voice over, we run across all sorts of challenging things like technical work, marketing, or dealing with customers or working with the website, etc.

The key to planning is taking all those things that we have to do and create systems and processes so that we can make it easier for us and increase success through efficiency.

In this video, I talk about systems, tips, and tricks on how you can plan for voiceover...

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Voice Acting Tip - How To Breathe Effectively During A Read

 

When I first started in voice-over, I had the most challenging time with my breath.

Because I didn’t know what I was doing, I tried to breathe in places that were very awkward and not normal speech. It took me so long to edit out breath’s and I got confused about where they should go and how they should sound.

So then I adopted a no breath strategy where I would remove all of the breaths.

But as I went along, I realize that that sounded very unnatural as well. So I went to a strategy of leaving all the breaths in. What happened there was that the breaths were so loud that that didn’t work either.

As I went through this whole process over a couple of years, I realized that the problem was not my editing but my actual breathing during my voiceovers.

So I created a strategy on how to breathe better during my speaking. In this video, I talk about four different steps you can use to build up your stamina and correct any breathing problems you may have.

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